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Motherly Love -- Celebrating Mother’s Day on the island

May 7, 2015
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

For those of you who haven't been paying attention to the calendar, Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 10. Do you know how you'd like to show your love and appreciation for that very special mom in your life? Fort Myers Beach offers a wealth of wonderful places to find just the right way of showing Mom just how much she means to you. Whether it's a nice dinner, a night on the town, quiet day of relaxation, bouquet of fresh-cut flowers, the most perfect piece of bling or even a phone call reaching out, she's sure to appreciate you as much as you appreciate her. Happy Mother's Day, to all of you wonderful moms out there!

Matanzas on the Bay

414 Crescent St., 239-463-3838

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The folks at Matanzas on the Bay are proud to celebrate all moms this Mother's Day, offering a flower to each and every one who steps through the door Sunday.

Manager Glen Petrarca and his staff have been preparing a very special menu that day, the Filet Oscar, featuring an 8-ounce char-grilled Choice Angus fillet, topped with crab meat and bearnaise sauce, finished with a side of asparagus.

Perfectly pair your meal with a special mixed drink that evening, and sit back and enjoy the sounds of Greg Watts from noon to 4 p.m., followed by Tommy V, from 5 to 9 p.m., on the Upper Deck.

"Bring your mom out to Matanzas Sunday evening for a special dinner on the bay," Glenn said.

Lani Kai Island Resort

1400 Estero Blvd, 239-463-3111

The Lani Kai's all new Island View on the top floor of the resort plans to offer two special Mother's Day events Sunday and moms get a very special flower at each: Mother's Day brunch and an elegant evening buffet.

The brunch will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for $29.95 per person, and feature complimentary and endless champagne mimosas, along with breakfast items such as applewood smoked bacon, Italian quiche, a chef's omelet station and mini danishes; a salad station; sushi station; carving station with various meats; entrees including roasted cod Vesuvio, chicken piccata and more; as well as savory desserts, such as chocolate-covered strawberries, mini turtle brownies, tiramisu and several others.

If coming by for the special evening dinner celebration, the cost is $35 per person and features a selection of salads; a pasta station with oodles of varieties, such as penne, linguini, orecchiette, parmesan, all topped with an array of sauces; a sushi station, a carving station with prime rib; entrees such as roasted cod Vesuvio and chicken piccata; finished off with another succulent selection of fine desserts.

"Chef Jason Smith-Agate is a 35-year-old from Chicago who is very innovative and creative with his dishes," said Larry Puccia, general manager of the Lani Kai, who holds the resort's executive chef in high regard. "His specials are cutting edge, and I know from experience that he's on par with high-end chefs of Manhattan and San Francisco. His specialty is Italian and seafood, with some Asian fusion."

Live jazz will fill the room during the Island View's evening hours that night. Reservations are requested. Call 239-463-3111 to RSVP your special seats.

Yucatan Beach Stand

250 Old San Carlos Blvd., 239-333-4386

The Yucatan Beach Stand will offer a very special wine menu and seafood platter during Mother's Day Sunday.

As every day at the Yucatan, enjoy live music from a great local musician. Walk-ins are welcome.

"Bring your mom out to the Yucatan for a great Mother's Day celebration," said restaurant manager Rob Reilly.

Nervous Nellie's

1131 First St., 239-463-8077

Nervous Nellie's plans to offer two special entrees in celebration of Mother's Day Sunday: Choose between the crab-stuffed grouper platter or twin lobster tails.

Moms may also enjoy mimosas on special that day, and as always, it's always happy hour upstairs at Ugly's.

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

2500 Main St., 239-463-3257

Parrot Key is offering a very special deal to moms this Mother's Day. Bring Mom out Sunday to enjoy half off her meal at either Parrot Key or Bootlegger's BBQ (next door to the island establishment). Be sure to RSVP?ahead of time to get her on the list.

Moms also cruise for free on the Salty Sam's Pirate Cruise and Sight Sea-R Cruises that day. Call 239-765-7272 for more information on the cruises and sail times.

Bayfront Bistro

4761 Estero Blvd., 239-463-3663

Bayfront Bistro plans to offer a very memorable Mother's Day brunch Sunday, with an array of specialty items. General manager Dina Leach shares just what this award-winning waterfront eatery plans to prepare. "We'll be opening Sunday at 11 a.m., offering a special brunch and lunch menu, as well as all-you-can-drink bloody marys and mimosas for $9," she said. "Chef Edwardo Prieto is making very special Mother's Day treats that day, as well."

Although walk-ins are always welcome, it's highly encouraged you call for a reservation ahead of time for Mother's Day on the bay.

"We have the most spectacular view you just sit back and watch dolphins, watch the boats go by it is a completely relaxing atmosphere just what Mom needs this Mother's Day," Dina said.

The Island Jewel

7205 Estero Blvd.,


What mom doesn't like something special and shiny this Mother's Day? Head down to the Island Jewel and check out their lovely adjustable bracelets from the Mimi and Michelle collection, all made in the U.S.A. with recycled metals. Each bracelet comes with a complimentary charm.

"We're offering three different charm styles for Mother's Day," explained Mary Ellen McMahon, sales associate with the Island Jewel. "We have one that says 'Mom,' a Peretti Heart, and a family tree, as well as many other charms to choose from."

In honor of mom's special day, the Island Jewel is offering 20 percent off any sterling silver item, and a free jewelry scarf with every $100 purchase, between now and Mother's Day.

"We value your mom as much as you do, so we're offering some very great specials for her this week at the Island Jewel. Stop on by," Mary Ellen said.

Santini Floral

7205 Estero Blvd., 239-240-8980

What mom wouldn't love receiving a beautiful floral arrangement this Mother's Day? Stop by Santini Floral for the perfect bouquet or arrangement for Mom this week.

"We have beautiful and fresh-smelling hyacinth spring flower arrangements that are perfect for Mother's Day, with lovely containers and canisters, and our tropical arrangements are always big hits," said Santini Floral owner Debbie Morin. "Moms love flowers, and we sell a lot of topiaries, hyacinths and orchid arrangements around Mother's Day."

The longtime island business owner has been in the floral industry all her life, and has even done some very exclusive, high-end arrangements, such as decorating Elton John's dressing rooms during his local performances.

"We also do lots of custom silks, as well," Debbie included.

Custom orders are available, as well as out-of-town deliveries. Santini Floral will remain open Sunday, for you late-bloomers, but for those planning to order an arrangement for out-of-town delivery, Debbie recommends placing the order by Thursday.

"We can ship anywhere," she said. "Please feel free to call us anytime or visit or find our page on Facebook."



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